19th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner


(left to right) Bradford W. Hildebrant, Michelle S. Simon, Stephen J. Friedman, Judith E. Turkel, Esq. '81


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Bradford W. Hildebrandt
Hildebrandt Consulting LLC

Brad Hildebrandt, a leading expert on the management of the legal profession, formed Hildebrandt, Inc. in 1978 to provide a broad range of management and consulting advice to law firms, law departments and government agencies.  Hildebrandt Consulting LLC provides strategic consulting services specializing in strategic advice and implementation, research, mergers and acquisitions and other unique situations.  The firm’s worldwide knowledge of the profession is unparalleled and serves clients in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Brad’s extensive knowledge of the legal profession and unique understanding of the dynamics of professional service firms have led him to become the leading global authority on the business of the practice of law.  As such, he is a regular speaker at law firm partnership meetings.  Brad has played an active role in most of the major law firm mergers in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.  He also serves as a confidential, long-term advisor to a number of large law firms. 

Brad designed and chairs the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Briefing held each year in Pebble Beach.  This conference attracts over 100 law firms and from 10 countries and is often referred to as the “Davos” of the legal profession.  Additionally, Brad is the Chairman of the Asian and Latin American Legal Executive Briefings.  He is on the Board of Trustees for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the Advisory Board for Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and notably, a member of the Board of Visitors for Pace Law School.  Brad is also founder, the first president, and a life member of the Association of Legal Administrators.

Brad is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.S. in management and is also an Ordained Lutheran Minister.  Brad resides in New Jersey with his wife, Barbara, and they have three children and ten grandchildren.  When they aren’t in New Jersey, Brad and his wife enjoy living part-time in Florida.


Judith E. Turkel, Esq. ‘81
Turkel Forman LLP

Over an active career spanning more than thirty years, Judith has been a respected attorney in private practice and a leader in the LGBT community. She is currently a partner in the Manhattan law firm Turkel Forman LLP.  Judith's areas of practice include family law, adoptions, real estate, wills, trusts and estates with a special emphasis on the needs of LGBT people and others in unrecognized families.   She also represents small business clients who come to her for counsel on general business matters. Another area of practice is in employment contract review, specifically for Not-for-Profit organizations.  Most recently, Judith has been trained in collaborative law and as a mediator and is expanding her practice to include mediation.

Judith was a founding Board member of the lesbian and gay bar association in New York, now known as LeGaL. She served as Co-Chair of the Board of Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund during a time when AIDS was devastating the LGBT community and lesbians and gay men had virtually no legal protection, nor recognition of any kind.  Judith also served as Vice President of the Paul Rapoport Foundation, a ten million dollar foundation funding organizations working on behalf of lesbians, gay men and people with AIDS.  She served for 6 years as President of the NYC LGBT Community Center overseeing huge expansion and a major capital campaign.  She served on the Board of SAGE, Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders from 2005-2011 and as Board Co-Chair from 2007-2011, where she helped to lead the organization as it grew to meet the challenges of aging in the 21st Century.   Since 2012, she has been an active volunteer with Catskill Animal Sanctuary, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates farm animals and horses, and advocates for the abolition of institutionalized cruelty to animals. Judith currently is Chair of their Development Committee.

Judith is a frequent lecturer and panel participant at CLE and community programs and has been a recipient of numerous awards throughout her career.  In 2012, she was honored by the New York City Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee, recognized by SAGE with the Paula Ettelbrick Community Service Award at their annual awards gala, in addition to receiving the Lambda Courage Award from Pace Law School.

Judith and her partner Jennifer Costley live with their cairn terriers in New York City and enjoy weekends in their upstate New York home and taking hiking trips to remote locations around the world.

Judith is proud to have been a member of the third graduating class of Pace Law School in 1981.  While at Pace, she served as President of WALS and she and her moot court partner were the champions of the School’s only Moot Court competition in 1980.